24.09.201723rd IRO WCH 2017 - The Winners


IRO – International Rescue Dog Organisation



25 Nations at the International Rescue Dog World Championship


The 23rd World Championship of the IRO took place from the 19th to the 24th of September in Ebreichsdorf in Austria. The event was hosted by the Austrian Working Dog Association (ÖGV). Altogether, 150 dogs from 25 nations travelled to Magna Racino to compete against each other in the disciplines tracking, area search and rubble.


The big winner of 2017 was the “Rettungshundestaffel” Isar from Germany. Not only did the members of the RHS, Christa Steinborn with her dog Djuma and Isabella Kühn with Spark, win the world championship in the disciplines tracking and rubble, moreover the RHS Isar prevailed over 150 participants from 25 nations and made the first place in the team ranking.


Ladies Power at the Rubble

Three dog handlers lead their four-legged friends on the victor’s rostrum in the discipline rubble. Isabella Kühn with Spark (DE), Beatrix Belenyi with Zen (HU) and Astrid Laner with Oki Doki (IT) made a great impression at the rubble area as well as at obedience training and took the trophies home.


The Silver Medal for Area Search goes to Slovenia

When it comes to locating missing people, Slovenian dogs are often one of the best. Sara Smerdel with Kornay (KVRPP) and Sebastijan Strasek with Thor (ERPS) already achieved a place on the podium at last year’s WCH in the disciplines area search and rubble. This year the team of the ERPS could improve their performance once more and reached the second place.


Area search: Austrian Bronze for Wolfgang Ebner und Orka

Furthermore, also the Austrian team often shows strong performances. Over and over again at least one of the Austrian teams accomplishes a position among the top three. Whilst the winner of last year in the discipline rubble was Peter Schüler with his dog Dora, this year Wolfgang Ebner with Orka won the gold medal.


Experienced Austrian Organisers

The IRO entrusted the Austrian Member ÖGV to host the 23rd IRO WCH. On the excellent working grounds, for example on the horse-riding facility of the Magna Racino as well as at the Tritolwerk, the classifier team under the leading judge Daniel Sedlak established a challenging and fair competition. It was a special joy for Markus Bock the president of the IRO board to hand over the WCH-wander trophy to the president of the ÖGV Rudolf Wernisch at the closing ceremony.


Our thanks goes out to the 150 participants from all over the world who showed their skills in the disciplines tracking, area search and rubble. You can find the overall results as well as further information about the WCH online at http://www.rettungshunde-wm.at. Click at the following link https://goo.gl/gPcwQX to see more photos of the WCH.



Winners 2017



1. Christa Steinborn with Djuma (RHS Isar), DE

2. Denise Neumann with Sharia (SV), DE

3. Wolfgang Ebner with Orka (ÖVD), AT


Area search:

1. Pascal Beatse with Flash (CSP), FR

2. Sebastijan Strasek with Thor (ERPS), SI

3. Jenniefer Ericsson with Troja (SBK), SE



1. Dr. Isabella Kühn with Spark (RHS Isar), DE

2. Beatrix Belenyi with Zen (KEA), HU

3. Astrid Laner with Oki Doki (AccK9t), IT


Team results:

1. RHS Isar - Rettungshundestaffel Isar e.V., DE

2. SV - Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde e.V., DE

3. SBK - Svenska Brukshundklubben, SE

4. KÉA - Kutyákkal Az Életért Alapitvány, HU

5. ÖGV – Österreichischer Gebrauchshundesport Verband, AT

6. SPKL - Suomen Palveluskoiraliitto ry, FI

7. SZBK CR - Svaz záchranných brigád kynologů ČR, CZ

8. BRH - Bundesverband Rettungshunde e.V., DE

9. SKV-KHD - Sport- und Kultur-Verein der Berufsfeuerwehr Wien, AT



General Information


23rd IRO World Championship for Rescue Dogs

19th until 24th of September 2017 in Ebreichsdorf (Austria)


Results online: